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Liz Seman gives back through leadership

In the Greenville nonprofit and public service spheres, Liz Seman’s name is synonymous with servant leadership. The Furman University Executive Director of Corporate Engagement has played a part in a trove of organizations including the Greenville Chamber, Greenville Forward, Palmetto Bank Community Board, Meals on Wheels, and the American Red Cross, to name a few. […]

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Emerging Public Leader combines community service, visual arts

For Mauldin High School senior Celine Crum, deciding on her EPL community service project was easy. A participant in the Riley Institute’s Emerging Public Leaders program and a student at the Fine Arts Center, Crum set her sights on painting a mural that would capture the imagination of children. “I [want] the mural to serve […]


Shepherding social change, one day-laborer at a time

Derek Snook, a 2008 Furman University history graduate, spent time teaching in Kenya, chose to live a year in a Charleston homeless shelter, and worked for a short time as a day-laborer. Not long after, he and a business partner launched In Every Story, a non-traditional staffing company that pays higher wages, rewards reliability and […]


Nelsen quoted in USA Today about Paris attacks, study away

Recent Paris terror attacks have refocused attention on emergency plans as they relate to study away programs. Furman Political Science professor Brent Nelsen says pieces of an emergency plan came together after 9/11, “ … but you tend to drift if something hasn’t happened in a while.” At the behest of university officials, Furman students […]


President Davis featured in magazine article

Read Q&A with President Elizabeth Davis In a wide-ranging interview with Black Box Magazine, Furman President Elizabeth Davis talked about everything from growing up in New Orleans and playing in a band with Wynton Marsalis to what it means to be Furman’s first female president. She also discussed her views on the cost and value […]

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For the birds

With the changing seasons come mass migrations of bird populations. Unfortunately, many birds perish during their travels when they collide with glass buildings. During the day, birds are unable to distinguish between reflection and real sky; and at night, birds mistake lights in buildings for stars, which help them navigate. Furman sophomore and biology student […]

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Community, Coats and Cops

When headlines report what seems like daily clashes between police and the public, it’s refreshing to see a whole other side of law enforcement that may not make the nightly news. For their Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) project, Furman’s Assistant VP for Student Development Neil Jamerson teamed with Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Public […]


Find Your Passion in Serving

In the Heller Service Corps, there are approximately 1,200 Furman students working all year long with more than 60 agencies in the Greenville community. From serving as mentors to at-risk students to helping adults overcome language barriers, there is no shortage of opportunities for Furman’s students to get involved in meaningful service projects in the […]

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PE is good for brain and brawn

Conventional wisdom tells us that exercise married with good eating habits leads to overall better health. Maybe not so apparent is the impact exercise has on thinking and problem solving. Six years ago, Furman health sciences professor Dr. Julian A. Reed teamed with Legacy Charter School in Greenville on a long-term study of its students […]

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Malici sounds off on campaign tough talk

Amid the 24/7 sound bites spewing across the airwaves from presidential hopefuls are words like “we need the strongest military on the face of the planet,” or those from Republican front-runner Donald Trump who says he wants our military “so big and so strong and so great” that “we’re never going to have to use […]